Accelerate Collaboration and Reduce Infrastructure Costs

As an AEC firm, you rely on fast, efficient collaboration across sites to remain competitive in a global economy. CAD, BIM and other applications need to work seamlessly even when your project teams are stretched across time zones, but it can’t cost a small fortune in storage and networking to make it possible. You’re left with two familiar choices:

  • Decentralize the data. This forces users to waste hours reconciling versions, slowing down projects. It also creates islands of servers, storage and backups that need to be maintained.
  • Centralize the data. Local users will have a great experience, but remote users end up waiting 20-plus minutes or even hours for files to open. Plus investments in more bandwidth, WAN optimization and more storage haven’t helped.

There’s a better way. With Panzura, your CAD and BIM project teams can work across sites as though they’re in the same room. With Panzura, you can:

  • Accelerate collaboration by up to 98%. Panzura eliminates the “File open” problem that can leave users waiting. File opens take seconds, not minutes or hours.
  • Get the right people on the right project. You can increase project efficiency by pulling in project team members with the right skills – no matter where they live. No more bench time.
  • Eliminate the “versioning” problem. Our Distributed File Locking lets teams work on the same file at the same time without stepping on each other’s toes.
  • Improve Revit performance. Users can sync with central at LAN-like speeds and borrow elements in real-time, across sites, regardless of location.
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by up to 90%. By connecting you securely to the cloud, Panzura eliminates the need for costly, redundant infrastructure in each office.
“A key to our success is the ability to quickly access complex project data files, regardless of the office in which they reside. We have a 10-megabit MPLS network and had implemented WAN optimization, but only Panzura made it possible for our workers to access complex data files at LAN speeds from any of our offices.”
—Eric Quinn, IT Manager at C&S Companies

Accelerate Collaboration by up to 98%

BIM/CAD project files include hundreds of files requiring thousands more file system transactions, such as opens, lookups, locks, closes, and unlocks. C&S Companies was no different. As the company discovered, more than 90% of the delay opening files was associated with numerous roundtrips being made to the data center for specific file operations. The farther the office, the more acute the problem. Panzura solves the ‘File Open’ problem, reducing BIM/CAD file open times from 20 minutes to only 8 seconds.

At the same time, easily control files and eliminate versioning issues through Panzura’s patented Distributed File Locking.

Get the Right People on the Right Project

A single project team can consist of skilled professionals geographically distributed across multiple offices. Panzura provides “People Virtualization” by enabling AEC firms to tap into their people anywhere in the country, optimizing expertise wherever it exists rather than having to rely upon the resources of a single office or the relocation of employees to a different office. Hanson can leverage any resource across any number of projects. Resources can be re-deployed to any other project while the rest of the project team can be in any of Hanson’s 25 nationwide locations.

Eliminate the “Versioning” Problem

With Panzura disparate team can collaborate together like they are all in the same office. Project teams using applications like Revit and AutoCAD can lock only the file elements they need to access. The local Panzura Freedom Filer™ owns the lock for the chosen sub-file, reducing sync times and increasing productivity. This means that only one location can write to a sub-file at a time, but every team can be working on the project at once. Read more on Panzura’s Distributed File Locking.

Improve Revit performance

Regardless of location, users can sync with centralized storage at LAN-like speeds, cutting wait times on all projects. Panzura also enables Revit project teams to work together in the same project from different locations with real-time Element Borrowing across sites. Panzura also fully supports Worksharing Monitor, so users can have a real-time view of the status and activity of other users working in the same model.

Reduce Infrastructure Costs by up to 90%

Moving structured and unstructured data to the cloud through Panzura eliminates the need for an expensive local SAN, file servers, tape backups, tape infrastructure, and associated backup software. At the same time, firms have access to unlimited storage growth while being able to access their files at any time. Graef cut costs by taking advantage of low cloud storage pricing, and was also able to reduce their total storage footprint from 80TB to 15TB, a decline of over 80%! Panzura also helps with data recovery. When DS+R’s data center lost power and had limited physical access because of Hurricane Sandy, Panzura enabled rapid recovery via the Amazon S3 cloud, providing emergency access to all of DS+R’s data.

“Panzura’s Global Cloud Storage System allowed us to create a recovery platform and access our data stored in the cloud, which kept us productive until full power and access was restored. In the future, we expect the Panzura Cloud NAS functionality to fully replace a variety of our IT systems, including backup devices and file servers, enabling a seamless path to future organizational growth.”
—Chris Donnell, IT Manager, DS+R

Seeking Answers

As an architecture, engineering, and construction company, are you sharing files in a time-effective manner? Are you optimizing available data? Are you having data latency issues? How secure and accessible is your data?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please give us a call at 855-PANZURA or submit a contact us form.

For more in-depth, AEC-specific information, please read:

Pazura-case-study C&S Eliminates CAD Latency, Improves Performance with Panzura
By implementing a Panzura solution, C&S solved the ‘file open’ problems associated with AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit, Bentley Microstation, and ArcGIS applications, thereby reducing wait times and boosting end-user productivity.

 Read the Case Study

Pazura-case-study Panzura Solution Replaces Multiple Point Solutions for DS+R, Enables Rapid Data Recovery, Business Continuity after Hurricane Sandy
With its heavy reliance on CAD-type design applications, DS+R needed to upgrade its storage infrastructure and implement a comprehensive disaster recovery solution. It implemented the Panzura Freedom NAS as the basis for its cloud network attached storage (NAS).
 Read the Case Study
 PC Mag Feature Article: Hurricane Sandy – Lessons in Disaster Recovery
Pazura-case-study exp Centralizes, Consolidates Global AutoCAD Data with Panzura Freedom NAS and EMC Atmos
Panzura’s globally distributed and synchronized file system integrates seamlessly with exp’s existing in-house infrastructure to address data centralization, performance issues, and long-term cost viability when using applications such as Revit, AutoCAD, Bentley Microstation, ArcGIS, and others.
 Read the Case Study
 SearchDataBackup Article: Engineering Firm Designs Private Backup Cloud
Webinar: C&S Eliminates the CAD “File Open” Problem with Panzura
Learn how C&S solved the common issues associated with AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Revit, Bentley Microstation, and ArcGIS with Panzura to boost end-user productivity and reduce wait times.
 View the On Demand Webinar
 Listen to the Q&A Session (to download, choose File>Save Page As)
 Read the Q&A Transcript
Download the Q&A Transcript
Panzura White Papers CAD Theory of Operation & Best Practices
AEC firms large and small struggle in providing adequate infrastructure to allow its users sufficient performance to satisfy even the most basic functionality such as file open and save. Panzura Freedom NAS offers a high performance and cost-effective method that seamlessly integrates with CAD. This document describes a set of best practices along with a contextual background on how everything works.
 Read the White Paper